Mayhem Film Festival’s BFI FAN-supported new commission Night of the Cat screenings confirmed

Posted: Wed, 17 Aug 2022 15:58

Mayhem Film Festival’s BFI FAN-supported new commission Night of the Cat screenings confirmed

Weekend will also feature a screening of Dario Argento's Dark Glasses and the UK premiere of supernatural stalker-thriller Jethica

Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 13-16 October for its 18th edition and this year sees the weekend take a feline turn with the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) supported commission, "Night of the Cat" planned for the Saturday night (15 October). Screening as part of IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS - a UK-wide film season from the BFI, supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network - "Night of the Cat", one of four special commissions by leading horror film festivals around the UK, will take over Broadway's purr-fect Screen 1 with two rare film screenings: Kaneto Shindo's 1968 Japanese horror film Kuroneko (translated as The Black Cat) will open the night and will be accompanied by a kaleidoscopic live original score from Nottingham-based artist Yumah (aka Lucy Morrow). Then in Mayhem's late-night cult slot, a 30th anniversary screening of Stephen King's Sleepwalkers from 1992 will continue the cat theme into the night.

Mayhem Film Festival co-director Steven Sheil cannot wait for the Night of the Cat to begin: "We're so grateful for the support from the BFI Film Audience Network as part of BFI's IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS season that have made Night of the Cat possible. It's given us the opportunity to not only show two films that are rarely seen on the big screen, but also commission Yumah to produce an original and evocative score that will mesmerise the audience."

Those attending the weekend will also have the opportunity to see a screening of horror maestro Dario Argento's latest giallo Dark Glasses, as well as the UK premiere of genre-bending ghost story Jethica.

Caroline Hennigan, Broadway's Director of Programme, is looking forward to welcoming Mayhem fans from across the UK back to Broadway Cinema: "Mayhem is one of our biggest weekends of the year, with an amazing atmosphere that always brings in new film fans to Broadway. The Mayhem team - Steven, Chris and Meli - always programme an eclectic and unique festival that gets people talking and we're sure this year's line-up with be no exception."

Early bird festival passes have been flying out of the door and film fans wanting to experience the weekend have until Friday 19 August to purchase at the reduced rate of £75, before the price is increased to £85.

Mayhem Film Festival co-director, Chris Cooke added: "We're currently putting together the full line-up for the weekend and will be announcing more titles over the coming weeks. All we can say is that it's looking like it'll be another vintage year!"

Further line-up announcements are expected soon and tickets can be purchased from

For all Mayhem press enquiries, please contact

Cherelle Wilks, Marketing Coordinator, Broadway / / 0115 952 6611

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About Mayhem Film Festival

Mayhem Film Festival is a cutting-edge event bringing you the very best in genre cinema and television. From premieres, new releases and previews to cult classics, breakthrough shorts, midnight movies, masterclasses, live experiments and more - Mayhem offers a unique and exciting viewing experience for audiences across four days.

Past guests and events have included a screening of Don't Look Now in the Gothic surroundings of St. Mary's Church, Nottingham, with director Nicolas Roeg in attendance, a masterclass with director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla), special interviews with directors Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Black Rainbow) and Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man), and a special archive presentation and interview with Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman, Sherlock, Doctor Who). Other unique events include a screening of Tod Browning's silent classic The Unknown with a specially composed original live score by 8mm Orchestra, and a panel from the cast and creators of hit BBC TV series Being Human.

"We cannot recommend Mayhem Film Festival highly enough." Sci-Fi Now
"One of the best organised horror gatherings around..." Dark Side Magazine
"Mayhem amply captures the zeitgeist in horror, science-fiction and cult cinema...and boasts some of the finest programming around." Starburst


IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS is a major new BFI season, in partnership with BFI FAN. The film and events season will run at cinemas UK-wide and online on BFI Player from 17 October to 31 December 2022.

Horror has been the most radical and provocative genre since the very inception of cinema; forcing audiences to confront their darkest thoughts, offering a platform to marginalised voices, and providing community to those excluded from the mainstream. IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS will chart how the monsters of horror have made physical the anxieties of their times, and how we react when faced with the monster within.

IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS will throw open the doors, inviting everyone, whether established fans, curious individuals or even those unconvinced that horror films are for them, to find the right horror for them, experience the riches of the genre and engage with the ideas it provokes.

The full programme for IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS will be announced on 8 September Find out more


Supported by National Lottery funding, the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), is central to the BFI's aim to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone. Established in 2012 to build wider and more diverse UK cinema audiences for British and international film, FAN is a unique, UK-wide collaboration made up of eight Hubs managed by leading film organisations and venues strategically placed around the country. FAN also supports talent development with BFI NETWORK Talent Executives in each of the English Hubs, with a mission to discover and support talented writers, directors and producers at the start of their careers.

The UK-wide events and screenings presented as part of IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS Events have been coordinated by the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), led by Film Hub Midlands, who manage the Network's Major Programme initiatives.

BFI FAN Film Hubs are:

  • Film Hub Midlands is led by Broadway, Nottingham working in partnership with the Birmingham-based Flatpack
  • Film Hub North is led jointly by Showroom Workstation, Sheffield and HOME Manchester
  • Film Hub South East is led by the Independent Cinema Office
  • Film Hub South West is led by Watershed in Bristol
  • Film Hub Scotland is led by Glasgow Film Theatre
  • Film Hub Northern Ireland is led by Queen's University Belfast
  • Film Hub Wales is led by Chapter in Cardiff
  • Film Hub London is led by Film London

About Yumah:

Yumah is the music project of Nottingham-based artist Lucy Morrow. Using only her voice and a looper pedal, she creates layered vocal soundscapes - evocative, mesmerising and beautiful.

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About Broadway Cinema:

Screening independent British and World film alongside Hollywood blockbusters and classic cinema retrospectives, Broadway is one of the UK's leading independent cinemas attracting thousands of visitors each year to its four-screen cinema, café bar and meeting, workshop, and office spaces.

Broadway's wider role includes encouraging the development of new talent and supporting learning through programmes such as the BFI Film Academy, and innovation and enterprise for people working in the creative and digital industries with initiatives such Near Now, Broadway's studio for arts, design and innovation, and the Near Now Fellowship, their artistic and professional development programme.

Broadway hosts award-winning filmmakers such as Jeanie Finlay (Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth) and Wellington Studios (BAFTA Scotland award-winning Calibre, London to Brighton) who regularly receive international acclaim for their work. Broadway is also the home of the BFI's Film Hub Midlands, a key driving force behind film culture in the Midlands that provides training and funding to ensure people in the region watch, make and show films and has also been awarded a BFI Screen Diversity Mark.

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